After 5 weeks, we finally have another checkup. It was about time because our dog has been very lively the past couple of weeks – trying to run anytime we let her out to go to the bathroom, standing in her pen all day whining at us – but nonetheless, she is in very good spirits, despite being trapped in a 4×6 foot cell all day long for the past 5 weeks. Our checkup this week was with the doctor that actually did the surgery – he’s only in the office once per month, he’s a world renowned veterinarian who travels to clinics all over the country performing surgeries – we got lucky enough to have an appointment with him open up a month ago, only a couple days after our dog had originally injured herself. He apparently flies in once per month, to perform checkups, and 2 scheduled surgeries.
Today’s checkup went very well, Roxy was very happy to get out of the house, and the doc informed us that she is doing well. We unfortunately have to put her back on sedatives because she is getting a little bit to hyper now that she is feeling better (though she has been this way for nearly 2-3 weeks now… since we ran out of the original set of sedatives). In addition to the sedatives, we also got a glucosamine supplement that we’ve got to give to her 3 times per day. The glucosamine tablets are meant to help the arthritis and stiffness in her injured knee, and is also meant to help prevent the onset of arthritis in her other knee (due to overuse from staying off of the injured leg).
Overall, the checkup went well – the only bad news is that we’ve got to keep her in her crate for another month, until May 7th. Apparently the reason for this is to make sure that the injured knee joint has enough time to make a full recovery and “tighten” up completely.